Liberals

Yale: Beyond parody

Featured image Yale University President Peter Salovey solemnly addressed “the Yale community” by email in the early evening hours last night. He had a portentous announcement. Among other things, Yale has reached a decision on whether to retain the title “master” to refer to the teachers taking up the mantle at Yale’s residential colleges. You can feel the brain cells sloughing off as you read the deliberation that went into taking the »

Liberal Policies Destroy Small Business

Featured image In my new capacity as President of Minnesota’s think tank, I am paying close attention to the state’s economy. Historically strong and diverse, our economy has been badly weakened by decades of mostly-left-wing governance. Small business has been especially hurt, which is one reason why in 2014, families with household incomes of nearly a billion dollars on net left Minnesota for lower-tax states. An outfit called Thumbtack conducted a nationwide »

Why they hate her

Featured image Getting the chance to interview Ayaan Hirsi Ali at the 2012 Presidential Conference in Jerusalem was one of the highest of the many highlights I’ve had writing for Power Line over the past (nearly) 14 years. (I posted a photo of her with me after the interview along with my retrospective on the conference even though the contrast was…not to my advantage.) I admire her intelligence, her eloquence and her »

Why Government Investments Fail

Featured image This short video from Prager University, featuring Burt Folsom, a historian at Hillsdale College, is titled “Why Private Investment Works & Govt. Investment Doesn’t.” It does an excellent job of reminding us–and no doubt teaching some for the first time–that whether you are spending your own money or someone else’s makes a big difference: »

Let’s Kill Trump!

Featured image Our politics continue to spiral downhill, and the devolution is largely cheered by the Left. Coachella is a music festival held annually at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. My modest knowledge of popular culture suggests that it is a big deal, attended by such luminaries as Johnny Manziel and various Kardashians and Jenners. Among the headliners today was a rapper known as YG who performed, to the ecstatic »

Resolving the Contradiction of “Progressivism”

Featured image Historians and political theorists have long puzzled over how to resolve the glaring contradiction of Progressive ideology—namely, that Progressive “reform” emphasizes greater “democracy,” and championed innovations like the direct election of Senators, the initiative and referendum, etc. Give the people what they want! Up with democracy! At the same time, Progressives also advanced the theory of government administration deliberately remote from politics and popular accountability—the Administrative State staffed by elite »

A conspiracy so intense

Featured image Democratic officeholders seem to be operating a conspiracy to stifle free speech and suppress heterodox thought. They’re on C.P. time, alright: Communist Party time. Glenn Reynolds names names in his USA Today column “Dear attorneys general, conspiring against free speech is a crime.” Glenn identifies U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as co-conspirators. Glenn lays out the »

Librules R *So Smart*

Featured image Everyone knows the old saying, “If you’re so smart, how come you’re not rich?” Everyone except liberals, that is. One of the things I love about liberals is how much smarter they are than everyone in the business world. Amory Lovins has been telling us for nearly 40 years now about how his “soft energy” paths are so much superior—and cheaper!—than hydrocarbon or nuclear energy. Every day I expect to »

The Left’s New Battleground: Co-ed Bathrooms

Featured image Once in my life, I inadvertently walked into a women’s bathroom. A young lady was standing at a sink, washing her hands. She heard the door open and looked up. Our eyes met. I think we both screamed; I know I did. I fled that bathroom so fast, I would have left Usain Bolt in the dust. Now, Social Justice Warriors are telling us that the reaction which seemed so »

Princeton Decides to Keep Wilson’s Name Alive

Featured image The controversy over Woodrow Wilson at Princeton is considerably more substantial than nearly all of the petty disputes that have roiled other campuses. After all, Wilson achieved fame as President of Princeton; he was not merely some long-forgotten donor like Isaac Royall. Princeton’s prestigious school of international relations is named after Wilson, and he figures prominently in the university’s history. We have written several times about Wilson’s virulent racism, e.g., »

Trudeau to Strip For Gay Magazine [Updated: It’s a Joke!]

Featured image Barack Obama has sometimes been criticized for not being presidential enough, and Donald Trump has taken non-presidential to previously unknown levels. But at least they both have kept their clothes on. From Canada comes the news–the story appeared on April 1, but doesn’t appear to be a joke–that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will pose naked on the cover of a gay magazine: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reportedly planning »

Inside the Heads of Liberal Pervs

Featured image If LSD or mescaline aren’t doing the trick for you, you can always take in the podcast and interview with Anthony Weiner that for some reason the Puffington Host thinks the world really needs today. Here’s a sample: “I’m probably the best campaign politician you will ever interview. I’m like perfectly evolved. I’m like the Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator,” Weiner said in this week’s episode of HuffPost’s Candidate Confessional podcast. “I »

Until Now, the Only Goats In Minnesota Were Field Goal Kickers

Featured image How do they control weeds in Minneapolis parks? Mostly, they don’t: park employees just mow them along with the grass. But for some invasive species, the city has been using Roundup, the world’s most common herbicide. Anti-herbicide activists don’t like that, and they showed up in force at a recent Park Board meeting to demand alternatives: The Minneapolis Park Board is considering two new tactics in the battle against weeds »

Liberalism for dummies

Featured image William Voegeli seems to understand modern left-liberalism from the inside. In Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State (2010, foreword by Steve Hayward), Voegeli explains why contemporary liberals can never tell you when you have paid your “fair share” of taxes. It’s a mystery that had always troubled me. Well, they want it all. I wrote about the book in “An old argument revisited” and elsewhere. Bill’s preface to the paperback »

Who Attacked Donald Trump?

Featured image A scary incident occurred yesterday at a Donald Trump event in Dayton, Ohio. A man rushed the stage, coming from behind Trump. His intent was unclear, but there was every reason to assume he intended to injure or kill Trump. He was quickly stopped and led away by Secret Service agents: The man was identified as Thomas (“Tommy”) DiMassimo. He is a leftist, of course. Early on, the Trump camp »

For Once, I Am On Trump’s Side

Featured image Today far-left protesters disrupted a Donald Trump rally in St. Louis: Trump’s St. Louis rally was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, and police said 31 people were arrested and charged with general peace disturbance. One person arrested outside the event was charged with third-degree assault. Trump berated and ridiculed the disruptive protesters from the stage, as well he should: “They’re allowed to get up and interrupt us horribly and we have »

Why Are Liberal-Run Institutions Such Hotbeds of Racism and Sexism?

Featured image That’s the question Glenn Reynolds likes to ask periodically over at Instapundit. Today we’ll add some data points to the file, starting with the news that the New York Times has settled a discrimination lawsuit. From The Daily Caller: The New York Times should change its famous motto to “all the blacks and women fit to fire.” It apparently does not value diversity and is waging a war on women. Just »